Jury recommends death penalty for Nicholas Smith

Jury recommends death penalty for Calhoun Co. capital murder suspect

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Nicholas Smith entering court last week. Source: WBRC video Nicholas Smith entering court last week. Source: WBRC video
ANNISTON, AL (WBRC) -

A jury recommends the death penalty for a man convicted of killing a Calhoun County school teacher.

It took the jury less than three hours to recommend that sentence for suspect Nicholas Smith.

Smith admitted in a statement to police he cut Kevin Thompson's throat and stabbed him to death, but claimed someone else made him do it.

Defense attorneys had hoped for a life sentence without parole, describing Smith as a "kid who never had a chance."

"I believe it was a correct verdict, but these should not be easy decisions to make. It obviously wasn't an easy decision to make, but I still think they did the right thing," Calhoun County DA Brian McVeigh said.

Smith will be sentenced in September and the judge is not bound by the jury's recommendation. Two other suspects in the case are set to go to trial sometime next year.

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